Retail Produce Manager Awards Program
The 2018 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program
Honoring the Best of the Produce Industry’s Front Line
Winners to be honored at United Fresh 2018
June 25-27, 2018 | Chicago, IL
The United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front line in supermarkets who work every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. United Fresh will honor 25 of the industry’s top retail produce managers for their commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service, and customer satisfaction.
2018 RETAIL PRODUCE MANAGER AWARD WINNERSCongratulations to this year's winners!
This program honors produce managers who are making a difference and setting the standard of excellence in the produce department at store level. By nominating a produce manager, you’re offering them an opportunity to further their industry knowledge, engage with industry leaders, meet with produce companies and learn about the newest products at United Fresh 2018 in Chicago.
Raise the bar within your company and have your banner recognized as an industry leader.
THE UNITED FRESH 2018 EXPERIENCELeadership, Celebration of Excellence, Education, Networking
United Fresh 2018 has two conferences and expositions: United FreshMKT and United FreshTEC.
United FreshMKT focuses on the latest fresh produce trends in addition to meal kits, organics, snack items, fresh juices, and much more. United FreshTEC highlights the most cutting-edge technologies for the fresh produce industry throughout the entire supply chain from field to retail merchandising innovations. New for 2018, the SmartFood Expo™ will feature natural foods that appeal to consumers’ demand for “better-for-you” foods. In addition, United Fresh 2018 will co-locate with the International Floriculture Expo and the Global Cold Chain Expo. Retailers will experience the entire fresh produce supply chain from grower to consumer in a business-friendly environment that offers strategic insights, innovative solutions and new partnerships to take your sales and profitability to the next level.
Retail Produce Manager Award Winners are the ‘best of the best’ in their profession. At United Fresh 2018 they will be VIPs meeting with the produce industry’s top executives. Every manager will return with an expanded knowledge of their role in the success of the industry.
Celebration of Excellence
The 2018 Retail Produce Manager Award Winners receive industry-wide recognition in trade publications, within their company, and on stage in Chicago before their colleagues and customers.
Retail Produce Manager Award Winners have the opportunity to attend education programs with topics including marketing and trend research, in addition to solutions driving efficiencies and advancements in the produce supply chain. They will gain valuable knowledge and share this insight with customers when they return to their stores.
Retail Produce Manager Award winners enjoy numerous opportunities to interact with United Fresh attendees and exhibitors. The exposition, meetings, receptions and dinners will allow the 2018 winners to get to know the people who bring their produce to market.
Previous Award Winners
“The ability to creatively merchandise the product, interact with the customers, and oversee the growth of not only the product, but the people within the department, is paramount. The Produce Department is a vital part of our day-to-day business, and being able to undertake this and manage it successfully is something we truly appreciate and want to recognize in these individuals.”
Director of Produce/Floral at Tops Friendly Markets
“I have been a Produce Manager for over 8 years and have been in Produce for 14 years. I can’t tell you how much this award has meant to me. One of the greatest things about being a Produce Manager is that I work with a great team that works hard every day and we love the new and exciting world of produce and providing our customers with a healthy experience.”
Bridget Winkelman, Coborn’s Inc.
2017 Retail Produce Manager Award Winner
“I’m honored to receive the Produce Manager of the Year Award. I feel quite humbled and am incredibly proud of my produce team. I have been in this business for decades and it’s been an absolute pleasure to service our Harwich Stop & Shop customers and helping people of all ages learn about the benefits of eating fresh produce.”
Al Garnett, Stop & Shop
2017 Retail Produce Manager Award Winner
If you have an outstanding produce manager on your retail team, nominate them to be a part of this exceptional program!
The United Fresh Produce Association brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain, from growers, processors, wholesale distributors to foodservice and retail operators. United Fresh retail members enjoy quarterly pricing and trend reports, service on the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board and expert consultation on key issues that impact their procurement and store-level operations.
“Produce managers are the face of our industry to the consumer. Their creativity and positive interaction with customers grows produce sales and ultimately consumption of fruits and vegetables. This program is a powerful way to send a message to produce managers everywhere that we value what they do.”
President & CEO
United Fresh Produce Association
Special thanks to the Retail Produce Manager Awards Sponsor:
As one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, Dole Food Company, Inc., is proud to honor the Produce Managers who are driven to make a difference in our industry and the communities in which they live.
“We feel very fortunate to be partners with United Fresh in presenting this award. It’s Dole’s name as title sponsor, but truly the whole fresh produce industry owes these recipients their appreciation for all they do to help promote sales of our products.”
General Manager and Senior Vice President of Sales
Dole Fresh Vegetables
For questions about the Retail Produce Manager Awards Program, contact Andrew Marshall, at 202.303.3407.